Category Archives: Parent/Child Relationships

Your Way or God’s Way?

Have you ever suggested to someone how to get a job done or shared with them what you thought would be a better solution? Have they ever responded, “That sounds nice, but I think I’ll do it my way.” Sometimes our way is not the best way. Sometimes it is our way that got us into the mess we are in. It is always God’s way that works the best. If we are always wanting to do things our way, we will always end up either in a disastrous situation or in a situations that is less than what God had intended for us. God will allow us to be stubborn and do it our way. He will not force anyone to do anything His way. If you want all you can get out of life and the best life available to you then you will quit trying to do things your way and you will find that God’s ways are the best no matter what you have to go through.

What Is A Hypocrite?

When people think of hypocrite, they often think of a person that goes to church and doesn’t live up to the ways that the person calling them a hypocrite thinks they should be living. Do we really have the right to think we know how someone else should be living?

Sure some things are obvious because we can see where they are making mistakes, but do we really know why they do the things they do. Do we know what struggles they are going through? Do we really ever get to know them to help them make better decisions?

Do some people outside the church claim to be a Christian yet do the same things that someone in the church may be doing? Who is the hypocrite? They won’t go to church because there are hypocrites there. Are they being honest about their struggle or are they fighting the same battle but trying to do it on their own?

Are we always honest about what we are going through or do we pretend that life is OK because we don’t want others to know what we struggle with?

Are we hypocrites because we say one thing and do another? Or is it because we want to face our struggle on our own because no one really sincerely wants to be bothered with someone else’s issues?

Tough questions? We all have problems and we all deal with them in different ways. Remember, none of us are perfect. Let’s do our best to be all that we can be and to do all that we can to truly show someone we care. If you know someone is struggling and you have had that same struggle, you could be the one to make the difference.

God’s Creation Works In Harmony

How much more can we as humans accomplish if we would work together?

Murmuration – it is something amazing to see.

No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland.

The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations, having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter’s frigid bite. Scientists aren’t sure how they do it, either.

The starlings’ murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants. As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven’t yet explained the starlings’ aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds’ quicksilver reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions—and predators—in the giant flock.

Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride and fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in the short video.

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.